I’ve written about waiting before but I feel like talking about it again today. Maybe it’s because I’m waiting on things… I don’t know. I guess I can’t really say that’s the reason because honestly, as writers and illustrators working toward publication aren’t we always waiting on something? Waiting for the perfect ending for our story to come to us… waiting to hear back from critique partners… waiting to hear back on queries. Waiting, waiting, waiting! Just because you have an agent or get a book published that doesn’t mean the waiting stops either. You’re still waiting for all of the same old things you used to wait for in one form or another.
I know how it feels when you send out a submission. There are possibilities that someone could like what you have sent. They might even LOVE it. You want to know what they think. You want to hear back right now! Wouldn’t that be great? Sure, but it’s not too realistic. No, it’s not even realistic if you have a requested manuscript or a requested revision or even an agent. Reading takes time and thought and isn’t always first on the list of things to do.
Okay, let’s be honest. Some of us have been known to refresh our inboxes incessantly. Or jump every time we get an email notification. DO NOT DO THAT.
Becoming published can take a very, very, very long time. The time spent in the black hole of waiting horrendously outnumbers the small moments of great news. It’s logical when you think about it. Spending time actually waiting is not. How long have you been submitting your work? Now, do you want to spend the same amount of time waiting? Yes, I know, technically you ARE waiting. But don’t let the waiting overtake you. Move on the best you can. Get to work on more submissions or another project. Here’s some things to do to help you wait if you need them. And it’s always good to get outside and do something. It’s a lot better for you! When good news comes you’ll find it. I know you’re still going to check your email every day. 😀